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 By Sharon Tullar    Columns    April 2, 2020 

Jewell Items

Jewell News for April 2 Jewell History: Answer to last week’s question was F. B. Gifford and Wm. Chaney were the two men that constructed a telephone line from the office of the Chicago Lumber Co. to the store of J. D. Robertson. This week: What... Full story

 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    April 2, 2020 

Editor's Notebook

Though as a youngster I only participated in one of Superior’s organized Easter Egg Hunts, hunting Easter eggs and derivatives were among my favorite activities. Instead of eating my Easter eggs, I saved them so they could be hid over and over. My... Full story

 By Gloria Schlaefli    Columns    April 2, 2020 

Country Roads

Looking for things to do while remaining mostly at home, following the Coronavirus distancing requirements, I found myself going through old family photos. This stirred lots of memories made as a child. One photo was of a sister and me looking... Full story

 By Fawna Barrett    Columns    April 2, 2020 


Fog was heavy last Monday until about noon. Fog was lighter Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Wednesday became a truly Spring day with temperatures surging into the 70s. Friday started with fog again... Full story


Editor's Notebook

Time marches on but some things never change. On the weekend I was looking through the microfilm reels which store copies of this newspaper looking for stories about how the area was coping with the flu epidemic of 1918. If I would have paid...


Country Roads

The country roads are pretty quiet these days with only a few farmers checking on livestock and doing chores. These days of the coronavirus warnings and status reports have made most of us decide to become “home bound” to try to stay away from th...


Editor's Notebook

When it comes to our current COVID-19 journey, this newspaper, like most area residents and businesses, is traveling in uncharted waters. Many years ago on a Saturday afternoon in October, a friend and I took a canoe trip down the Republican River. T... Full story


Country Roads

Happy first day of spring! Though as this is being written, the weather doesn’t seem to be spring like at all, but the calendar is telling us that it officially has arrived. My thoughts are about my flower beds coming to life, making Easter plans,... Full story


Editor's Notebook

When I first read about the Cornavirus health issue, it was on the other side of the world. At that time a health problem in China didn’t concern me. I know something about China for when I was a youngster, I liked to dig holes. And when I was...


Country Roads

Hey, you out there buying all the toilet paper rolls, wearing face masks and filling your shelves with bottles of hand sanitizers, let’s not panic! The news media is broadcasting moment by moment reports of the latest Coronavirus happenings. Maps...


Four Ways from Northbranch

Feb. 1 was a fun weekend of Unleash the Beast PBR. Ivan and Leta Frost and grandson, Blaine Frost, drove to Kansas City, Mo. The top 35 bull riders in the world competed inside Sprint Center. Union Chapel Bible Study met last Monday at the home of Te...



Our sympathy to the family of Dorothy Boger, formerly of Jewell.  Dorothy was the mother of Charli Barrett, who taught in the Jewell schools for a time. Dorothy was born Nov. 16, 1922 and died March 3, 2020. Jewell City-wide Spring Cleanup day is...



Donna Gillan was among the quilters Monday. Terri Oltmans visited Donna that morning. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Donna joined the Tai Chi group. Donna also attended Bible Study with the group and had lunch out. Donna accompanied Trish...

 By Helen Gebers    Columns    March 12, 2020


Helen Gebers accompanied others to a music concert in Fairbury Saturday evening. Dave, Sherry and Haley Gebers and Steve and Diane Gebers attended the Lawrence-Nelson vs.Wynot and Superior vs. St.Cecilia basketball games in Lincoln Thursday. Lance,...



Peggy Cassell played cards at Jaynie Spirk’s home Monday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Don Cassell were in Lincoln, Neb., last Wednesday with Denise Clements. Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Hlavac stayed for the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Don Cassell. Joining them...



Wind was the word for last week. Saturday had one of the stronger winds pushing gusts up to 60 mph. Sunday was also windy reaching into the 40 mph range. Temperatures were warmer. It was thought the winds were bringing smoke from the Oklahoma fires...



What fun to happen upon a cattle drive on a windy and sunny afternoon. A rider on a horse, a 4-wheeler and another 4-wheeled vehicle kept them moving. Being cattle, there were always a few straying into a field or into a patch of trees. One of the...

 By Jenny Rees    Columns    March 12, 2020

Jenny's REESouces

This week is the anniversary of the 2019 Bomb Cyclone. Perhaps you’ve thought of that, perhaps you haven’t. I think this event for Nebraskans will forever be etched in our minds. Some may be reflecting on last year’s calving season being...


Burr Oak

Cliff and Glenny Barnes accompanied Jeff and Diana Ord, rural Guide Rock, on an eight-day trip to Lucedale, Miss., and Dothan, Ala. They left on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 26, and arrived at the home of Genry and Heather Ellison, Lucedale, on...



Commodities will be distributed at the Esbon Community Center from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The Burr Oak Community Club is hosting its annual baked potato-salad-dessert bar supper from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday evening, at the Burr Oak Community...

 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    March 5, 2020

Editor's Notebook

Changes are on the way. Saturday I turned my calendar pages to March. I have a new ribbon for the office time clock which I plan to install when I advance the clock in anticipation of the arrival of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday. The Tuesday...

 By Helen Gebers    Columns    March 5, 2020


Last Tuesday evening, Dave, Sherry and Helen Gebers attended a benefit for Emmett Gentry at the Methodist Church in Superior. Helen Gebers attended a card party at the home of Darrell and Donna Jensen Thursday afternoon. Jamie Ridder and Diane...

 By Betty Bouray    Columns    March 5, 2020


This week’s burger night winner at Rip City Inn is Nolan Sandell. The Annual Response Personnel Appreciation Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. March 17, for all Republic County Response agencies, personnel and storm spotters. This will be held in...

 By Erma Dillon    Columns    March 5, 2020

Four Ways from Northbranch

One morning recently I was out and about running errands and stopped in at Tom Shute’s home office where he hosts a daily morning coffee for his hired men and whoever else happens to show up. This is the place to go to catch up on the neighborhood...

 By Jenny Rees    Columns    March 5, 2020

Jenny's REESources

Happy March! One question that’s surfaced often is ‘at what maturity of corn and soybean do we start losing yield?’ There are many reasons for this question including planting a range of maturities to spread harvest load, taking advantage of...


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